hearing things

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hearing things

Having auditory hallucinations. Bob: "Listen, I'm sure that someone is right behind us!" Jack: "Bob, you're hearing things. There's nothing out here but us and the wind."
See also: hearing, thing

hear (or see) things

imagine that you can hear (or see) something that is not in fact there.
See also: hear, thing
References in classic literature ?
Weston, which they seemed to find such pleasure in describing to me; and hearing things asserted of him which, from the character of the man, I knew to be exaggerations and perversions of the truth, if not entirely false--things derogatory to him, and flattering to them--especially to Miss Murray--which I burned to contradict, or, at least, to show my doubts about, but dared not; lest, in expressing my disbelief, I should display my interest too.
YOU won't be hearing things if you hear Ant & Dec's voices while doing your shopping at M&S this weekend as the Geordie lads are now the voices of the famous store's self-service tills.
"They've also given me a massive confidence boost now that I'm hearing things loud and clear."
Your ears never stop hearing things, even when you are sound asleep.
Raza Rabbani said while talking to media that he gets very upset on hearing things related to unconstitutional actions, and admitted that everything is not right in the country at the moment.
This can include thinking things that are not true and seeing or hearing things that are not there.
"Unless I was hearing things, I thought there was music playing.
''No, you're not hearing things,'' it said, ''so calm down.
I couldn't believe it when they announced my name - I thought I was hearing things.
Prof Simon Crowe from the School of Psychological Sciences, who examined the effect of stress and caffeine on 92 participants, found stressed people who had consumed about 200mg of caffeine during the day were more likely to imagine hearing things.
Gemma, 28, from Wigan - who had a natural birth with just gas and air for pain relief - said: "I just couldn't believe it when the midwife told me the weight - I thought I was hearing things." She delivered her daughter last October, after just six hours in labour.
and have probably had to keep double-checking ths eir alarm clocks to make sure they were actually hearing things!
Be wary of Kennel Hill WAS I hearing things when a commentator or pundit (I don't know who it was) said Kennel Hill was trying his best in the 2m5f novice hurdle at Kempton yesterday?
Danielle's letter read: "I need to know the truth, even if that means hearing things that I might not be wanting to hear.